Anchor Porter - Anchor Brewing Company

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3,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,191
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 137
Gots: 224 | FT: 2
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Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001)
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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark-brown in color, light/medium head which retains into a nice, clingy lacing that stays throughout the glass.

S: Brownies and roasted coffee.

T: Brownies....chocolate, light roasted coffee, bready aftertaste, very light caramel, malts are present from beginning to end.

M: Creamy, very light carbonation, ends up being very milky in the afterfeel, like drinking brownies and milk.

D: This is by far a porter from beginning to end, there is no disquising this. The uniqueness of the flavor is the crispness and overall lightness. This is a porter that could end up being a devoured six-pack before you know it. By far my favorite porter on the planet.

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams senosry glass.

Dark maroon/opague color. Head is a nice fluffy tan color. Lace is pretty good.

Aroma is of chocolate and roasted honey nut. Taste is of honey and roasted sweetness carmel.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and the alcohol becomes present at the end.

Overall, this is an excellent porter. Great to the style, a nice honey and carmel taste makes this a great brew!

Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured brown with some red highlights that produced a tan fluffy head that lasted and left good looking lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced were roasted dark malts and coffee

T - The taste of this beer was a great mix of roasted malts, some slight coffee, and subtle bitter chocolate, not a lot of sweetness that was good

M - The body of this Porter was everything that I expected, smooth and creamy with a medium to heavy body, accompanied by slight carbonation

D - Of the Porters are distributed in La., this one is definitely my favorite, the taste and body was everything I love about the style, and it makes a great sessionable beer

Photo of tmoneyba
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured black color with medium tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Aroma was full with malt, hops and sweet. Medium to full bodied.
Medium to heavy complex flavor with same tones as aroma and smooth rich finish of moderate duration.

The finish was not as full as other porters.

Photo of Tbn2
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Transferred from bottle to my favorite pint glass and served it up with a New York Strip. Body of the beer is nice black with some mahogany hues on the side when back-lite. Two finger tan heads rises to the top, settles to a thin layer, and leaves slight lacing all the way down.

Smells great. Actually reminds me of the smell of Auntie Annes Pretzels. Smells of caramel, burnt sugar, fresh toasted grains, and coffee are most prominent. Taste matches the smell and finishes with a great smokey flavor. The hops are in the background, but provides a good, crisp, dry finish.

The body of the beer is right one. I bought this to sit outside on a cold winter night and smoke on a cigar after dinner and it is just perfect for that.

If you are looking for a good porter, this one won't leaving you wanting more.


Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark opaque reddish color with a thin cherry tan head.

S: Dried fruit on nose, some rum raisin, and a slight chocolate malt presence.

T: Dry bittering hops with a smooth texture. Mouthful is moderate, warm chocolate with a spicy hop tand that really stands out for the finish. Rum raisin and alcohol upon warming and finish, well balanced, with a nice grainy feel as well.

M: Leaves a dry malting coating on tongue as well.

D: Overall a good drinkable session porter.

Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and puffy tan head, like an ice cream float. Dark dark brown. No shine, no transparency. Head sticks around.

Sweet smells of burnt brown sugar. Not saccharine. Actually has the aroma of a Scotch ale.

Very sugary, sweet carmelized malts. Brown sugary and toffee. Just a bit smoky. The roasted bits are overpowered by the sweet. Toffee, caramel; a hint of decaf at the finish.

Feels thick and chewy. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was a Scotch ale. Really somethin'.

Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of caramel and chocolate (stornger on the caramel side). Very light coffee in the taste. I was also getting some raisins in there. Light bitter finish.

Notes from 09/17/04.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a clear plastic cup (hey, I'm at a motel...sue me).

Despite the lackluster glassware, Anchor Porter is a beauty in the glass. A thick wisp of creamy tan head retains effortlessly atop an opaque cola body that lets in hints of burgundy at its edges. Excellent lacing and--wow, this head isn't going anywhere! The aroma delivers more dark fruity esters (raisin and currant) than I'd been anticipating, but it's a welcome fragrance. Honey biscuit malts provide a nice balance with a touch of musky, earthen hops.

Great flavor to this porter--powdered chocolate nibs mixed with raisin rum and sweetbread. Hops chime in for a lingering, bitter finish that coincides with some roasted chocolate and dark coffee notes. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a gentle carbonation level that pairs nicely with the medium thickness. However, a bit of chalkiness lingers in the body, which gets a bit distracting. Still, Anchor Porter is a classic and well-crafted brew that I'd enjoy purchasing again.

Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute jet black with ruby edges. Large foamy tan head that retains as good as any I've seen. Nice spotty webbing on glass edge.

Smells of chocolate, sourdough, and some grape.

Taste of bitter chocolate, slight cola-like flavor, and some raisin. I dig this.

Excellent mouthfeel, with almost perfect drinkabilty, save for the heaviness. I like this porter. I would get again, and again, and again...

Photo of nick76
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice and quite unique. Lots of deeply roasted caramel malt flavor along with raisins, chocolate, and coffee. It has a nice sweet aroma and bittersweet chocolate finish as well. This is a great example of a porter in appearance as well as taste and smell; I would drink one of these anytime.

Photo of BronYrAur
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Anchor Porter really looks great out of the bottle. The head is fluffy and creamy and smooth and has quite good retention, leaving thick lace rings as the beer recedes (which happens very quickly).

Smell. Not much to note here. Some bittersweet chocolate and coffee upon pouring, but not much is perceptible after that aside from a little malty sweetness.

Taste. Really quite excellent. The one thing I noticed about this is the liqueur-like notes and the fact that it really seemed to me almost more of a stout than a porter. Quite different from the standard run-of-the-mill porters out there. The slightly fruity sweetness that is evident up front is quite different from any other porter I've ever tasted. The roasted bitterness soon takes over, with hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavor profile is incredibly unique and robust.

Mouthfeel. One of the smoothest and creamiest porters I've had the pleasure to drink.

Drinkability. Pretty good. However, it is a bit strong in flavor and not exactly something I would drink too many of in one evening.

Anchor Porter is probably my favorite of the style that I've had thus far. Not that I'm particularly experienced in the style having only had a handful of others before this one. However, at $11/6 it is a little pricey. One taste reveals why, so this one is well worth the purchase price.

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, heavily roasted chestnut accented with glints of cherrywood. Despite the highlights, the beer maintains a darkened sooty tone that efficiently prevents light from passing one side to the other. Light ebony tinted film has washed across the top and bulks around the perimeter.

The aroma has a resounding bittersweet characteristic that pits cold coffee, blackstrap molasses and cocoa powder up against one another with slight hints of black licorice, dark toffee and nuts as well. It doesn't have the aggressive roast quality that most American porters have and is actually much more similar to a Baltic style porter.

The same cast of flavours play themselves out in the taste, too. It drinks a little something like a cold, flat, flavoured coffee. Once again there is a suggestion of chocolate - not outright, but more so through molasses or cocoa bean. There's also a definite note of nuts, something similar to roast pecan or hazelnut. Perhaps a hint of liquid smoke? I don't taste berries or caramel, but I would pick this to pair wonderfully alongside them.

As stated, the beer isn't quite decadent enough to serve as dessert but would be well suited alongside it. Both bitterness and roast are present but relatively restrained for the style and certainly are not strong enough to overrun. Its lightly bitter, lightly sweet, and only lightly roasty; while this profile may be a bit too moderate for my tastes, it makes a wonderful introduction to those just discovering darker beers.

Anchor Porter may be a staple in America's craft brewing history but it tastes far more like something out of the Baltic region. Although it may be responsible for introducing (and popularizing) the style in the new world, it pales just a little in comparison to some of the offerings that have spawned in its image. That said, it's always a pleasure to drink.

Photo of hermesch
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a teardrop shaped glass into a pint.

A: Pours like a respectable porter ought to, deep and darkly; head is faint and brief...minimal to moderate lacing.

S: Picking up coffee, burnt chocolate, a dark roast frangrance.

T: Wow...that's all I can say. A near-perfect balance of coffee, cocoa, and smokiness.

M: Like cold velvet. Lovely.

Drinkability: Solid for a porter...I could put down 3-4 (and probably will, tonight...)

Porters happen to be my favorite style, and this one really sings. Currently my number one choice, thank you Anchor!!

Photo of cvstrickland
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A distinctive, teardrop-shaped stubby bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a deep ebony body with a tint of mahogany at the periphery, capped with a huge mottled khaki-ivory swirl of creamy foam. The head retains at a half-finger and leaves thick rings of webby lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is dark roasty malt with cocoa and dark coffee a with a zip of citrus and fresh green herbs.

The taste is sweet and darkly roasty with thick, milk chocolatey malt and a thin, herbal, coffee-type bitterness. A mellow, powdery cocoa dryness lingers in the finish.

The drink is silky, creamy, and in the lighter end of the full-bodied spectrum. Light carbonation and great drinkability

Photo of sliverX
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poored a nice dark brown / black with ruby hints in the light, a small tan head that faded but would make a comeback attempt after each sip.
smelled as best as I can put it like a porter should in a glass.
tastes as you would expect a porter to and also has another slight taste that I can't quite put my finger on, nothing bad but just sits there
has some body to it but isn't thick feeling
very nice to drink could have a few of these watching a game

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/26/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark black-brown colored body, with a big light brown head. Good lacing. Dark heavy aroma, with chocolate and some alcohol. Chocolately roasted taste, and some alcohol. Soft mouthfeel, fizzy. Somewhat acidic with meat pizza. An okay porter.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Pours a deep nearly black, with only a touch of dark ruby toward the bottom when you backlight it. Cap is small, a scant finger maybe, and a creamy burnt sugar. Didn't last long and left no lacing.

S--Maybe the pour wasn't vigorous enough, or it was too cold, because I didn't get much, especially compared with the taste. If anything I got a little plum and raisin, with some slightly more floral notes underneath.

T--Excellent. When cold this is more fruity and round, with some bee-yoo-tiful floral hop overtones. Once it warms though you get the full experience: nice bitter pull and roasted malt on top of all that other stuff. This one really opens up the spectrum toward the end, giving you coffee bitterness and even some black licorice or anise liquer hints along with a little tobacco leaf toastiness. If you have the patience let it sit on your counter an hour or so before imbibing. Well worth the wait.

M&D--Not overly carbonated, but not concrete in your mouth either. Great creaminess to it that smooths the ride--very refreshing.

Of all the American porters I tried, this one seems the most traditional, more Samuel Smith than Sixpoint. Very focused, and solid and smooth, on the grain. Maybe because it's older--is this the oldest porter America has that's still in circulation? In any event, it has the feel of a standard-bearer, the one to measure others in the style against.

Photo of Buggies
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown which also shows a little ruby red when held to the light. Got about a 2 finger dark tan head. Leaves a good bit of lacing in my glass.

S: Smell is a bit weak for me. I picked up mostly malt with a little caramel in there.

T: Nice sweet malt flavors which gets finished nicely with a little hop bitterness. A little caramel and coffee present as well.

M: The best porter I have had. Nice and creamy. Medium carbonation doesn't get in the way.

This is simply the best porter I have had yet. It makes me interested in finding other porters to enjoy. I could definitely drink a few of these.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a thick dark brown almost-black with garnet and ruby highlights with a fairly thick light coffee-cream colored head that was slow to deflate, leaving a thin but ever-present head down the glass. Lacing was spotty and minimal, but present none-the-less.

aroma is of a strong, traditional porter. roasted malt, hints of cocoa, and a fair bit of roasted coffee, verging on astringent bitter burnt coffee notes. Some bread and caramel round it out.

Roasted chocolate and caramel malt, sweet toffee, coffee, roasted coffee beans, and just a subtle hint of cocoa up front. A pleasant malt character runs throughout, with a definite spicy and hop finish at the end to give it a bit of character.

mouthfeel is impressive. A bit on the lighter side, but creamy from exceptional carbonation and just a hint of a drying finish which teams up beautifully with the hint of bitter pine and spice at the end. Impressive orchestration of a coordinated palette assault.

Drinkability is definitely high on this one. Every time I revisit it, I wonder why I don't buy it more. A bit lighter in flavor than some with a fairly traditional flavor profile, but it's done well. The mouthfeel is spot on, and this is just a flat out delicious porter that I could drink all day long.

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Deep brown but clearly not black. Tan frothy head with some decent lacing. Fruity chocolate cordial aroma. Flavor is chocolate malt balls with a hint of red fruit and a nice roasty bitter finish. Light bodied and smooth, very drinkable. A porter with no frills, just quality.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rough pour creates a full inch of mocha colored foam that sits above a black beer with ruby highlights. Some good gobs of lacing left behind as well.

Smells of chocolate, acidic coffee, and a healthy hop bitterness. The aroma is somewhat muted, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Tastes wonderfully of the chocolate malt. Some browned sugar and the slightest bitterness to balance the beer. Much more chocolatey than in the nose. Fairly sweet. Deep rich sweet taste of chocolate and cocoa.

Mouthfeel is medium and comes off moderately carbonated. Very drinkable. A great beer to have around as fall has settled in and winter begins knocking at the door.

Photo of edbeer
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a little lighter in body than I had expected it to be, but that's no fault of theirs. Overall this was great and definitely a repeat offender.

A: Pours a near-black with garnet tones. A big, creamy, foamy tan head with great retention and lacing.

S: Dark malts, coffee, and toffee, with hints of brown sugar, dark fruit, and alcohol.

T: Lots of sweet, dark malts, with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, and molasses. Some herbal/citric notes accompany the hops in a finish that gradually builds. Some burnt and toasted flavors along with some alcohol at the finish.

M: Very creamy and a bit chewy. Tight carbonation and a dry finish.

D: A nice balance of subtle flavors with a very smooth, inviting mouthfeel make this a very good porter.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Clydesdale
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near-black with garnet tones. A big, creamy, foamy tan head with great retention and lacing.

S: Dark malts, coffee, and toffee, with hints of brown sugar, dark fruit, and alcohol.

T: Lots of sweet, dark malts, with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, and molasses. Some herbal/citric notes accompany the hops in a finish that gradually builds. Some burnt and toasted flavors along with some alcohol at the finish.

M: Very creamy and a bit chewy. Tight carbonation and a dry finish.

D: A nice balance of subtle flavors with a very smooth, inviting mouthfeel make this a very good porter.

Photo of WJVII
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a dark coal color with a fat chocolate head that leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell is full of robust malts and some deep notes of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is full bodied and full of chocolate and balanced well with mild hops. This brew has a wonderful mouthfeel and the aftertaste is mildly sweet. This is an excellent example of a strong porter.

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,191 ratings.